Thumbnail image for Shawn_Roday_Psych_Werewolf.jpgOn Friday, Oct. 9, USA Network airs “Let’s Get Hairy,” a new episode of “Psych” co-written by series star James Roday and guest-starring Josh Malina (“West Wing”) and David Naughton, star of the seminal 1981 horror/comedy “American Werewolf in London.”

This appropriate, since as any “Psych” fan knows, Roday’s hair is perfect.

And here we go …

Q: What
was the inspiration for “Let’s Get Hairy”?


A: Quite
simply, “An American Werewolf in London
and the opportunity to see Josh Malina in a diaper.

Q: What
are your favorite werewolf-themed movies or TV projects and why?

A: The
aforementioned “AWIL” is the cream. Best werewolf movie and transformation ever.
The original “Wolfman” with Lon Chaney, Jr. is solid. 
 “Wolfen” was
interesting because it introduced the idea that the beasts could detect disease
and wouldnt eat it. The Howling has
moments. Truth be told, the werewolf sub-genre hasnt
been serviced very well over the years. Its
mostly been a poo poo platter.

Q: When
you’re writing an episode, is there a temptation to keep all the good lines?

A: Its
actually the exact opposite. Its my
opportunity to say thank you to the best cast a guy could hope for by giving them
the best lines.

 

Q: It’s good that Shawn has a steady girl in his life. When is Gus
going to have the same? Would put a crimp in the slash fan-fiction
anyway. 

 

A: Gus
gets some play later this season. Pairing the fellas off for any substantial
period of time is tricky because its
their relationship with one another that is the engine of the show. You ride
the horse that got you there, ya know? Or, if it aint
broke dont fix it. If the trailers
rockin, dont
come a knockin. Not sure that last
one plays.

Q: How
much sincerity or earnestness can Shawn ever display? Or can he show any?

I
believe he has shown some and hell
continue to show some. Playing Shawn has always been a slippery slope. Hes
a grown man with a Peter Pan complex and a host of emotional insecurities. Ive
always sort of operated under the magic formula that its
okay to want to slap him as long as you also want to hug him. In any given
episode it can be more one than the other as long as theres
balance in the end.  Its not
always easy and I suspect its only
going to get tougher as he gets older.

 

Again,
“Psych” is about a boy who never grew up, endlessly amuses himself, enjoys
being an ass and wants to live next door to his best buddy for the rest of his
life. Stray too far from that model and its
not “Psych” anymore. I dont think
Shawn is insincere — he just isnt
very good at stripping himself of all his defense mechanisms to put it on
display very often — and when he does its
usually awkward, both to play and to watch I would presume. Thats
how Ive always approached it.

Thumbnail image for Psych_Dule_Hill_James_Roday.JPGQ: Are
there any famous TV or movie pairings that inspire Shawn and Gus’ relationship?

A: One
of if not the most satisfying elements of this show, for me, is the fact that
Dule and I have been able to create a relationship between these guys that doesnt
have a bunch of derivatives. We each have our own inspirations but we never
once said hey, Shawn and Gus are like….we just trusted each other and let it
become its own strange little animal with big ears and
at least twelve nipples.

Q: If
Shawn had a cool car, what would it be?

A: Chevy
El Camino. No question. With all kinds of random nonsense in the back of that
thing.

Q: Since
this blog is called Hot Cuppa TV, what do you think is Shawn’s favorite brewed
beverage? What’s yours?

A: Shawn:
Caramel Macchiato with double whip and extra caramel

Me:
Soy unsweet green tea latte (its a
relaxed energy)


Thanks
for taking interest in this episode, Kate. Much appreciated. Nice blog. Happy
belated St. Patricks Day.

 

Roday